Tag Archive: Silicon Valley

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    by Angie Chang

    CODE2040 Matches Black And Latino Student Engineers With Internships At Startups

    Applications for CODE2040 fellowships are due October 31, 2012.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    People of color will become the majority in the United States by the year 2040. Some have noted that the minority achievement gap will not be closed that same year, and started a technology program to actually do something about it.

    CODE2040 aims to close the gap by increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in technology

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    by Angie Chang

    Lisa And The 30-Pin Adventure, Or "Why I Built A Hardware Startup"

    Here I am, over two and a half years later, and to date, Revel has built not one, but two pieces of proprietary hardware!

    By Lisa Falzone (Founder & CEO, Revel Systems)

    When I finally took the leap into Silicon Valley entrepreneur-dom, hardware was certainly the last thing on my mind. I had started a software company, after all — the award-winning leader in the iPad point of sale space, Revel Systems. Sure, hardware was a necessary component, but we could just buy all that. Right? Why venture into the unknown?

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    by Angie Chang

    Middle Eastern Tech Women Visit Silicon Valley (TechWomen)

    The goal of the TechWomen program is to empower high-potential technical women.

    By Laura Yecies (CEO, SugarSync)

    When I learned about the TechWomen Program of the US Department of State, I knew immediately I wanted to be involved. Readers of this blog know of my early career goal to be a diplomat. I have long been interested in the Middle East and have visited Israel, Egypt and Jordan.

  4. Hackbright
    by Angie Chang

    After 10-Week Python Training Program, Women Engineers Receive Job Offers From Silicon Valley Startups

    Hackbright Academy in San Francisco trains women to be developers.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Andree Brazeau moved to San Francisco from Canada and began teaching herself to code. A year later, she still wasn’t able to find a job as a developer, so she applied for Hackbright Academy. The Python training program was already full, but Andree persisted. Thanks to a last-minute dropout, Andree was admitted to the all-female software training program in June.

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    by Angie Chang

    Computer Programmers Learn Tough Lesson In Sharing

    Pairing is finding fans at technology companies…

    By Joseph Walker (Writer, Wall Street Journal)

    Virginia Woolf argued that a woman writer needs a room of her own. In Silicon Valley, some companies are questioning whether software programmers even need their own cubicles.

    Their method is “pair programming” — where two people share one desk and one computer.

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    by Angie Chang

    What Is A Design Product Manager?

    Design Product Managers sit at the intersection between technical and business (engineers and marketers).

    By Samihah Azim (Design Product Manager, BizeeBee)

    This is a question I’m often asked. Sometimes we’re labeled as Product Designers, other times it’s Product Managers, and even other times we’re Product Managers of User Experience. But labels are just that – labels. To fully understand what a Design Product Manager is, I’m going to attempt to summarize below.

    Traditionally, Product Managers have either come from engineering (technical PM’s), or they’re more business minded, typically hailing from Marketing (PM’s focused on growth). But what we’re seeing in Silicon Valley is this understanding that users

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    by Angie Chang

    Top 10 Ways 500 Startups Open Doors For Love With Food

    The 500 experience has definitely helped us grow in many unimaginable ways, more than I can list…

    By Aihui Ong (Founder & CEO, Love With Food)

    There are so many incubator/accelerator programs in Silicon Valley (e.g. AngelPad, 500 Startups, YC) and each has a different application process, providing different levels of investment in exchange for equity. However, they all share a common trait – they aim to open doors for you, help propel you to the next stage of your startup growth. What they don’t do is spoon-feeding. Hand holding not included.

    Love With Food is fortunate to be part of 500 Startups (graduated Feb’12), one of the top 10 startup incubators

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    by Angie Chang

    Analogies Between The Olympics And Being A Startup CEO

    There are many analogies between Olympic events and being a startup CEO here in the valley.

    By Laura Yecies (CEO, SugarSync)

    Like many of you, our family has enjoyed watching a bit of the Olympics. While I’m usually not one to watch much TV in the evening I’ve enjoyed a few hours of watching the games. My favorites are the gymnastics (both men and women) as well as anything else acrobatic – diving, jumping etc. My least favorite is swimming and beach volleyball.

    Despite the heavy “schmaltz” factor, I also enjoy learning about the athletes, their personal stories and obstacles they’ve overcome. I’m sure these are popular because many of us can

  9. Women-in-Tech
    by Angie Chang

    Women Heroes In Tech: The Best Kept Secrets Of Silicon Valley

    I seek to widen the pool of female heroes in tech. They might not have a huge PR machine behind them, but these women have truly made their mark on the professional landscape in Silicon Valley.

    By Marilyn Nagel (CEO, Watermark)

    If you Google “women in tech,” it’s likely that the same 5-10 women will pop up in your search results. These hyper-visible women (Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Mayer, Susan Wojcicki, to name a few) have become the poster girls of women leaders in Silicon Valley. They’re great at what they do, and they certainly act as role models for women interested in breaking into tech.

    While creating a group of superstars serves its purpose, I fear that seeing the same faces repeatedly gives the impression that they’re the only women succeeding in Silicon Valley, when in reality, exceptional women leaders are

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    by Angie Chang

    Do’s & Don’ts For Raising Money As A First Time Founder

    Get a mentor! Actually, get a couple. One who is light years ahead of you and one who is not quite as far along to help you take things one day at a time.

    By Courtney Powell (Founder & CEO, PublikDemand)

    One day I hope to describe in greater detail my lessons from fundraising for PublikDemand. It has been an extraordinary experience.

    Have more do’s and don’ts? Tell me at [email protected] or @CourtneyPowell.

    In the meantime…

    On AngelList:

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    by Angie Chang

    Pitch Investor Event Bubble Tank Produced And Won By Women

    The big winner of last week’s Bubble Tank in Palo Alto was Melanie Perkins of Canva.

    By Sarah Austin (Founder, Pop17) & Tina Hui (Co-Founder & CEO, The Leisurely)

    What better way to embody Silicon Valley and startups than the investor startup pitch? Having been to dozens of pitch investor conferences, we organized Bubble Tank on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at The Four Seasons Silicon Valley in Palo Alto – a hot spot where many Silicon Valley partnerships have been inked over the years. The special twist: the event was filmed with a possibility of inclusion in the upcoming Bravo TV Network show aptly titled “Silicon Valley”.

    Bubble Tank included Women 2.0’s Sepideh Nasiri among the advisors judging the pitches. Many pitch finalists were women

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    by Angie Chang

    Connecting Startups, Investors To Make An Impact On The World (Bubble Tank)

    Bubble Tank works with VCs and angel investors to bring a young fresh face to the world of investing.

    By Sarah Austin (Founder, Pop17)

    Bubble Tank is a series inspired by Pop17 to get advice, input, and strategy from some of the top investors in Silicon Valley.

    It’s a way to work with VCs and power angel investors to bring a young fresh face to the world of investing. My goal in this series is to be a listener and learner and give back to the larger Silicon Valley community by connecting startups with investors whom, together, can have a significant impact on the world.

    I have some small investments made that I will see

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    by Angie Chang

    Can Mothers Found Startups? (Hint: Yes)

    “People expect mothers to be less committed and therefore give them less responsibility and pay them less from the start.”

    By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)

    An article in this weekend’s New York Times shed some more light on Silicon Valley’s worst-kept secret: it has a woman problem. Its look at female founders of tech start-ups who also have children shows a remarkable lack of self-consciousness about Maternal Wall bias, the strongest and most open form of gender bias today.

    According to the article, women make up 10% of founders at high-growth tech companies, and raise 70% less capital than men do. There are a lot of reasons for this; we discussed sexual harassment in our last post, and we’ll take on the meritocracy myth